As quoted by Lamborghini – Fifty years have passed since its presentation at the Geneva Motor Show. The legendary Lamborghini Countach is making headlines again with a limited-series hybrid supercar, celebrating the visionary design that revolutionized modern sports cars forever and laid the foundations of the Lamborghini legacy. The new Countach was inspired by the past and made for the future.
History of the Lamborghini Countach
The Countach was probably the dream car of many high schooler boys during the 70s. The Countach was first introduced as a prototype in March 1971 with its unique spaceship-like exterior design and mid-engine mounting. Between 1974 and 1990, Lamborghini produced nearly 2,000 Countaches, making it the longest-lived Lamborghini model. Over this period, the displacement of its V12 engine increased from 3.9- to 5.2 liters. The power in the new engine went up from 375hp to 455hp. Marcello Gandini was responsible for the iconic design of the original Countach, who was the design director of Carozzeria Bertone.
With its naturally aspirated V12 engine married to Lamborghini’s hybrid supercapacitor technology, the LPI 800-4 retains the unique V12 experience – and throaty sound from its Longitudinale Posteriore (LP) mounted powerplant combined with the hybrid technology developed for the Sián.
The car is producing 814hp in total – rounded to 800 in the car’s name. The new Countach’s V12 engine generates 780hp with its electric motor pumping out 34hp through its permanent four-wheel drive transmission. The LPI 800-4 sprints from zero to 62mph in just 2.8 seconds and boasts a top speed of 220 mph. This hybrid system isn’t meant for greener Lamborghinis but to give more power to their iconic naturally aspirated V12 without the use of turbos.
But what about that body? Its pure lines are immediately recognizable from the Countach legacy. The new Countach is a masterful melding of 1970s retro angles and lines and 21st-century aerodynamics and safety concerns. Whichever part of the LPI 800-4 you look at, you can see design hints from the original LP500 of five decades ago.
The Countach’s distinctive silhouette, with the tell-tale line running from front to rear, sharp angles and lines, and distinctive wedge shape, innovated modern super sports design for generations to come. The all-new LPI 800-4 takes those characteristic lines from Countach’s five models over nearly 20 years and reinterprets them into a modern work of art.
In my honest opinion, the new Countach isn’t as shocking as the original was in the 70s. For me, it is more like an addition or “facelift” to the Sian’s body. Despite that, the new Countach is definitely something that will turn heads. Of course, if you’ll ever see one on the road – since most of them will be parking in heated garages.
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